CBP Statement On El Paso Accident With Fatalities
EL PASO, TEXAS – On June 25th, 2020, at approximately 1:30 a.m., U.S. Border Patrol Agents assigned to the El Paso Sector, Santa Teresa Station responded to a report of suspicious activity in close proximity to the border with Mexico. This area is known by agents to be used frequently by transnational criminal organizations for human smuggling. Agents observed a suspicious vehicle in the area and initiated a vehicle stop. The driver then attempted to elude agents by fleeing at a high rate of speed east bound from New Mexico into the city of El Paso, Texas.
El Paso Station agents located the suspect vehicle a short time later at the intersection of West Paisano and Coldwell Street in El Paso, Texas, where it had collided with a parked semi-trailer.
Agents arrived on scene and rendered aid to the occupants until the arrival of Emergency Medical Services and the El Paso Police Department. The motor vehicle accident resulted in a number of fatalities and serious injuries. At this time, the U.S. Border Patrol is cooperating with the active investigation, which is being led by the El Paso Police Department. The incident is also under review by CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.